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Gov Picks Former Chief Counsel for KS High Court

Brownback Stegall smallKPR file photo of Governor Sam Brownback introducing Caleb Stegall when Stegall was appointed to the Kansas Court of Appeals in January 2014. (Photo by Stephen Koranda)

 

The Kansas Supreme Court now has its newest member. Caleb Stegall, a state appellate court judge, has been selected by Governor Sam Brownback to fill a vacancy on the state's highest court. As KPR's J. Schafer reports, Stegall's career in the judiciary has been on the fast track. 

 

 

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(shorter version heard in KPR newscasts)

Governor Sam Brownback has chosen Caleb Stegall for a seat on the Kansas Supreme Court. Brownback made the announcement this (FRI) morning at the Statehouse.

Stegall was Brownback's chief counsel before the governor appointed him to the Kansas Court of Appeals, where he's been serving since January Stegall will replace former Justice Nancy Moritz, who left to join the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.  

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(AP version)

Kansas Governor Names New Supreme Court justice

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Gov. Sam Brownback has made State Court of Appeals judge Caleb Stegall his first appointment to the Kansas Supreme Court. Brownback made the announcement Friday morning during a news conference at the Statehouse. The other finalists were state Court of Appeals judge Karen Arnold-Burger and state District Judge Merlin Wheeler. Stegall will replace former Justice Nancy Moritz, who left to join the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Stegall was Brownback's chief counsel before he joined the appeals court in January. Arnold-Burger has served on that court since 2011. Wheeler is chief judge of the 5th Judicial District of Lyon and Chase counties. Brownback's appointee to the Supreme Court will not require state Senate confirmation.

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